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Zwet.Be - Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen

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Ratings: 389
Reviews: 96
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 10.39%
Wants: 21
Gots: 39 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen visit their website

Style | ABV
English Porter |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: jrallen34 on 11-29-2010

A porter brewed with lambic yeast.
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4.44/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz bottle poured into a tulip. Very nice seeing this hit the states.

(A)- Pours a near pitch black color. Produced a quite nice tan frothy head with great retention behind it. Plenty of lacing left behind as well.

(S)- An interesting blend of mellow baked/roasted yeasty bread and raisin components combined with a subtle but present background of a tart acidity. Ever so slightly funky dry on the finish. Very interesting and inviting.

(T)- Almost exactly like the smell was. That same mellow baked/roasted bread yeast component meets a rich raisin fruitiness combined with a dry yet acidic and almost funky finish. Some extremely nice cocoa starts to show up along with the raisin as it warms.

(M)- A crisp and clean finish to this even though there is some mild funky dryness in this. Very much a porter, but I quite like how this is done very old school with the addition of a subtle acidity that plays really nicely with the raisin and cocoa.

(O)- I guess I can expect nothing less from Drie Fonteinen! As I have said, this is very much a rustic porter but made in the extremely old and traditional style. I really really dig this.

Photo of uno99
4.41/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hey wow....

A porter brewed in the lambic style? I'm in!

Appearance is a nice dark chocolate brown, but certainly not too stout like as many porters often are. a bit of a red hue as well. Lacing is all fine and dandy. Looks great in a nice glass.

Smell is fairly typical porter. However you do get a slight hint of something funky going on. The yeast character is definitely different but not out of place here. If you smell the side of the glass more than the liquid you get an even better impression of whats to come.

Taste is ... maybe one of the best porters I've ever had actually. Super balanced but chocolate forward and then the yeast character on the finish is really nice.

I decided to grab a couple squares of Lindt 95% chocolate for my beer and wow, is this ever a great paring! Takes the beer up a notch and is a fantastic way to enjoy both. The slightly sour funk finish is almost a palette cleanser for the next nibble of chocolate. Superb!

Mouthfeel is spot on medium-thin consistency and very smooth carb. Not sticky at all and decently drying.

Overall a really nice beer and VERY easy to drink porter. Wish this was easier to come by for me.

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Served in a 4 ounce rocks glass at The Avenue in New Orleans. From notes. Reviewed 8 January 2012.

A: No head, some tracing. Very black, but with brownish glints in the light. Definitely opaque.

S: Brettanomyces? Yes, some. Lambic yeast is in my porter! So are bright fruits and even some sweet chocolate. Trace coffee. Sour and amazing.

T: One of the best and most interesting 'sours' (usually not my thing) I've come across. The endtaste is chalky and full of chocolate, but the first half is full of funky-sour yeast. Hot damn!

M: Little carbonation. Thin, but I suppose that works.

O: Phenomenal. The first sour beer that I've loved. Highly recommended. Will have again!

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4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on tap at Monk's on 8/31. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a chalky, black color with a finger of purplish foam and moderate carbonation. Somehow, this manages to look fruity and chocolatey at the same time.

Aroma is packed with black grape and cherry notes. It's a bit tart, but balanced well by the slightest hint of malt.

Wow! Flavor is sweet up front with a roasted nut background. It displays a delicate balance between bacterial funkiness and porter richness. Caramel and espresso notes linger on the back of tongue and, as you swish, an amazing dry funk obliterates the taste-buds. Very unique and delicious.

The mouth is smooth for about 2 seconds or so before you're hit by a tingly smack of dryness. This proves to be a nice exercise in polar opposites.

I was quite impressed with this step outside of the box by Drie Fonteinen. Despite initially thinking a "Bretty" porter sounded excessive, I was really taken by this beer.

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Zwet.Be from Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen
87 out of 100 based on 389 ratings.